U.S. congressional delegation hopes Putin-Trump summit will be successful - senator

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Bolton also mostly dodged a question as to whether or not Trump believes Russia meddled, responding instead that Putin recently told him "there was no meddling in the 2016 election by the Russian state", so "it still raises the question", and that he thinks "the president will want to have a conversation about this and say we don't want to see meddling in the 2018 election".

"President Putin was pretty clear with me about it and my response was we're going to have to agree to disagree on Ukraine", Bolton said on CBS's "Face the Nation."

"We're going to be talking about Ukraine, we're going to be talking about Syria, we'll be talking about elections, and we don't want anybody tampering with elections", Trump said to reporters on Air Force One.

He said Putin told him that "there was no meddling in 2016 by the Russian state".

Bolton, who before joining the White House said on television that Putin lied to Trump, said he hasn't changed his mind about Russia's involvement.

Crimea is inseparable to Moscow and can't be on the agenda when Vladimir Putin meets with Donald Trump in July, Kremlin says. "That's why the president is going to talk to him about it again".

Trump is scheduled to meet with Putin on July 16, several days after he stops in Brussels for a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit. "And I don't think anybody ought to have a case of the vapors over the discussions we have in North Atlantic Treaty Organisation or the G7 versus discussions with Putin and Kim Jong-un". Trump tweeted last week.

The July 16 US-Russia summit in Helsinki could reset a relationship dogged by decades of unsafe rivalry.

US intelligence agencies have alleged that Russian hackers had tried to help Trump win the White House, something Russia has flatly denied.

"I'm concerned when the president tweets, you know, Russian Federation denies they meddled in our election", Republican U.S. Senator Lindsay Graham told NBC's "Meet the Press" program on Sunday.

Trump has previously blamed the annexation of Crimea on former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaTrump no longer talks a lot about the stock market.

Bolton, who previously served in the George W. Bush administration, has always been skeptical that Pyongyang would give up its nuclear program, prompting North Korea's state media to denounce him as "human scum".

Bolton said that was different from the Russians saying there was no meddling at all.

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